I have one website with multiple store views for different languages. All store views have same products, but use different front-end languages which are stored in locale.

When someone orders from German store view, Sales=>Invoices=>(invoice #)=>Print will print a German PDF invoice. I would like to be also able to print all PDF invoices in English language for accounting. How can I achieve that?

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Some information for you on this:

The language is set in the getPdf() method of Mage_Sales_Model_Order_Pdf_Invoice. You will see that the locale and store are set according to the invoide data:


What you could do is to extend this functionality and add maybe a second button to your admin-backend which always generate the english invoice.

Be aware that emulate() needs a store id. If you don't have an english store, this won`t work.

In this case you could try to remove the first line Mage::app()->getLocale()->emulate($invoice->getStoreId()); from your rewritten-method and also the revert back Mage::app()->getLocale()->revert(); at the end of the function which sets the locale back to the last one before emulation.

  • Here is a little tweak I did, in my case some stores had different languages but the invoice had to be issued in the language that the store was located. here is how to set it up: switch ($invoice->getStoreId()){case 1: $langcode=1; break; case 2: $langcode=1; break; case 3: $langcode=1; break; case 4: $langcode=5; break; } if ($invoice->getStoreId()) { Mage::app()->getLocale()->emulate($langcode);Mage::app()->setCurrentStore($langcode); }
    – Andras
    May 2, 2017 at 7:47

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